Since 2013, our Elder Affirmation of Faith has been used to to strengthen the theological unity among the elders and to more thoroughly articulate the doctrinal truths that inform our ministry. The document is used primarily to examine prospective elders, and to give the rest of the Body (along with newcomers) an idea of our core doctrinal convictions, in more depth than our statement of faith does.
This statement towards the end of the Elder Affirmation of Faith captures our burden in adopting it:
“Our aim is not to discover how little can be believed, but rather to embrace and teach the whole counsel of God. Our aim is to encourage a hearty adherence to the Bible, the fullness of its truth, and the glory of its Author. We believe Biblical doctrine stabilizes saints in the winds of confusion and strengthens the church in her mission to make disciples of all nations. We believe that the supreme virtue of love is nourished by the strong meat of God-centered doctrine. And we believe that a passion for the glory of God and the good of all peoples is awakened and sustained in an atmosphere of deep and joyful knowledge of God and His wonderful works.”
Click here to read JCF’s Elder Affirmation of Faith.